Listening to every heart
My Revenge (~,^} [with tongue in cheek]
Ever so very subtley, and in quite rapid succession
the days lead from immortality to all thoughts real
of nevermore, funereal thoughts, it is such a progression
of years gone past, so now, do I see the fate Iíve sealed?
It is so very thought-provoking, this life Iíve led, time spent
in growing up, did I grow wise?, oh where the time went
in living, loving, with families, and by my self alone;
will there be some rememberance when Iím under stone?
Child of fifties, teen of sixties, woman of seventies beyond,
now late forties, do I still have time, to sing a little song?
Oh heavens yes! and though voice is not one to carry a tune,
Iíll sing my soul, to heaven send, before my lifeís reduced to ruin.
It is now, it is here, that Iíve come to finally realize
perhaps I do have a gift, has it been right before my eyes?
Nevermore shall I remorse that I have a gift of hope
and if others see the dark, then I shall continue to give rope.
I recall my younger days, even though my smile shone bright,
some would say ďshe canít be gay, always!, it tisnít right...Ē
How dare they! but dare they did to keep my smile from them hid,
and I wallowed in some despair, for my smile, they did not care.
They were my elders, I thought for them I should revere
their wisdom...theyíd lived, but their words did sear
into my brain, to see me refrain from smiling all the while,
little did I know, until late now, beneath their clever guile.
Now Iím aged somewhat more, and to me, Ďtis not a chore
to give gaily my hope, and rope, to others around me dour,
so for you who tear me down, hereís my back, and front door,
for you may enter, and you may leave, for Iíll not be sour.
Iíll enter my dotage, Iíll enter old age, with all my smiling grace
and if you see me smiling, in silk and oak, there be on my face,
then you will know, I found the wisdom, to think with heart and soul
that living well and smiling awhile, is indeed the revenge of old!
20 November 1999
Look, then, into thine heart, and write ~~~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow